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Album Review: If Only
Cover image of the album If Only by Rahn
If Only
2011 / Rahn Entertainment
53 minutes
Review by Kathy Parsons
If Only is the debut solo CD by Rahn, a classically-trained pianist and multi-instrumentalist who comes from a musical family and started studying music at a very early age. Rahn is also a rock musician and a commercial sound designer, so it is no surprise that there is a variety of influences in his work. Rahn’s nine original piano solos range from slow and flowing to much bigger and more energetic works, giving us a glimpse into his musical sensibilities. He effectively expresses a variety of emotions with his colorful playing style and nimble fingers.

If Only opens with the title track, a gentle daydream of a piece. Wistful and introspective, it’s a lovely way to start. “Ana b’hebbek,” a loving and graceful ballad, is dedicated to Rahn’s mother with his thanks for always believing in him. “Nahara” picks up the tempo and intensity, joyfully swirling and dancing around the piano keys. The second movement is much more delicate, with some impressive harp-like passages, and the third movement returns to a bright and energetic tempo, leaving no doubt that this guy knows his way around a piano! “Karried Away” is a warm and tender love song - slow and flowing with a romantic melody that comes from the heart. There are several variations on the melody, from sweet and simple to full-out passionate, making this piece a real standout. “Eudaimonia” is a Greek word that usually translates as “happiness,” and this piece conveys that blissful calm that comes with contentment and inner peace; I hear shades of Yanni here and there. “Prelude” is the closing track, and is a bit darker than the other pieces. Very emotional and expressive, I think Rahn saved the best for last. The beginning passages are slow and melancholy, building to a passionate outburst of feeling in the middle, and then returning to the quieter first movement and trailing off at the end. Love it!

If Only is a very promising debut from an exceptional pianist, so check out Rahn’s music at rahnmusic.com, Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby. Recommended!
September 11, 2011
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Debut Albums